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, charismatic. we saw those kind of narrative working that had us president obama between malcolm x and martin luther king. some of us cringed. not because we supported barack obama. president obama was running to be leadership of the united. for some people that meant his interests were protecting these kind of corporate elite interests that are often against the interests of poor people regardless of color. and the questions of economic justice were never on the table. all right. ever. so that work in the past i would say thirty years, twenty years, that taught us to look differently at what leadership look like it seeps in the analysis every once awhile. it seeps in when we mention the name of ella baker. ic we have to go deeper. what did ella baker, not only women but what did they stand for? what did ella baker and eye data b. wells, and these were women who were more involved on the protest end because it wasn't to them. i think the freedom struggle they talked about always knew that electoral politics -- we seemed to have given that up when we put everything behind the wishes in the bas
. it's not to say that a lot of the defense cuts that started under president obama and then-secretary of defense robert gates weren't of value or utility in certain cases. this is not their first efficiency drill at dod. and, but there is a lot of things done rightly and wrongly as part of the previous years. i'm not so sure the lessons learned have sunk in. and so what we have now is a defense department and a congress -- a washington, i guess you could say -- that continues to have to go back to the same pots of money and the same priorities for dod every year as part of the defense drawdown because we're doing it on an annual basis, we're doing it piecemeal. it's chipping away at the margin's defense cuts as opposed to big-term, big-picture, strategic planning thinking about this if we really do have to live with this, how do we handle it for ten years and work backwards. and instead we see what we saw in 2013 which is half a year or so into the fiscal year we're going to start to talk about serious change and serious planning. and i certainly don't think that's any, any
. and that's why when his ten-year term as director was set to expire in 2011, president obama took the extraordinary step of asking the united states senate to extend it by two full years. and it's why the senate, once again, unanimously approved that request. and it's why although i rebret that we've been unable to convince bob and ann to stick around for another two years or maybe another 12, i'm confident that he will leave this nation not only safer, but stronger and more prepared than he found it. so, bob and ann, as you open an exciting new chapter in your lives and hopefully take a long and well deserved vacation, i wish you nothing but the best. i thank you, bob, for your leadership, for your service and most of all for your friendship over the many years that i've had the good fortune of working with you. on behalf of a grateful nation, i also want to thank you, ann, for your service and for your sacrifice these many years. standing with this great man has been a truly great woman. i know iak for president obama, for everyone in this great hall today and for many others fa
to which. but at this point, president obama has had many failures, admittedly. many areas of things he tried to do that didn't get done. couldn't close guantÁnamo. senate wouldn't let them. couldn't a number things, but ht you lowered america's provost. the very thing he gets criticized for in the republican party, and you're generally, is the leading from behind concept. the reverend -- but you will, in the focus groups we did after we did the polling we asked them what the best thing about america was right now, they said leading from behind. they use that expression but they like leader that respects and put you out in front. that is confident enough to not have to take the lead, or for whatever reason. decides i'm not going to be bellicose, i'm not going to be the you are with me or against me, or the wanted dead or alive cowboy mindset. that's earning points, interestingly enough. and so america lowers its profile. iran is now seen morbidly through its own behavior, rather than through the lens of the american people. when iran is viewed through the lens of american behavior, it
obama, and my understanding is that gave him access to everything that went to the president's desk which is pretty ominous when you think about it. i first encountered raj when he was a counsel for the 9/11 commission investigating what went, what happened there. to his left, neil mcbride is the u.s. attorney for the eastern district of virginia, and which has put him at the fore front of investigations on terrorism and quite a few media leak investigations, leak investigations involving the media, a subject i want to get to on this panel. before that he served in the justice county in the -- justice department and was come to then-senator joe biden. jay johnson was the general counsel for the defense department until last year, and that gave him legal overview about everything the u.s. military and defense department was doing, a lot of which we're going to discuss here. before that he was general counsel for the air force and assistant u.s. attorney, i understand, hired in new york by rudy giuliani back in the day that he was, served on that. jane harmon needs no introduction to
of their time, and the steps that were taken during the obama administration, and the steps i the federal reserve, if those steps collectively have not been taken, i believe we would've gone into a depression. so i think it's a small price to be paid, the additional debt that was taken on, as much as i hate debt. and i do have a very big problem. the thing that brought me to public life was a consent about the debt that was occurring when i was first elected back in 1986. i was deeply concerned about the trajectory the country was on then, headed for record deficits and debt. with respect to domestic spending, that's really not the problem. 1968-69, we were at almost 14% of gdp on domestic discretionary spending. by 1998, that was down to 6%. so domestic discretionary spending was dramatically reduced. 2012, that was back up to just over 8% of gdp. so nowhere close to where it was back in 68 or 69. and under the budget control act we're going to go down to 5% of gdp by 2022, a record low. so that's not how it's not in the appropriate accounts in my judgment where the problem exists. the p
's proven deeply damaging to american interests, as a candidate in 2008 now president obama then seems to understand and he talked about courageously during the campaign and pledged not just to draw american troops from iraq but also the american mindset that had gotten into the strategic mistake to invade iraq in the first place and pledged to change the middle east policy but instead the obama administration has pursued policies as the predecessors the same policies that did such damage to our strategic position and as a result the obama administration today is not just providing a stalled middle east peace process but the demise of the true state solution to the palestinian conflict and while the above it ministration military intervention in libya can and overthrow gadaffi it is now e. incubating in libya a significant threat to american security interests and as the detail in our book, going to tehran deal gone bad restoration has gone beyond the bush administration to trim the islamic republic to argue what we say is ward dangerous to discredit a gauge of it as a strategy to deal
goal so not intel one 1/2, years after obama signed the aca into law is that and then to have the 180-degree interpretation of the law mechanists some.hael i but the text is in harmony. it did not intend there doesno not put the stake in the state hands of health reform forncere. those that are very sincere i don't doubt that for a minute such as attorney general pruitt in the facted to stiffing the constituencytory that the act was to benefit.eart that is not for the faint of all our i will try to summarize very clearly said gist of my a argumentum the the details to the written statement.cus one . . mr. chairman the opponents argument zeroes in on section 1401 which enacts a new section 36b of the internal revenue code and it targets a provision that is in their to define how to calculate the amount of premium assistance in that provision pegs the premium assistance amount to put monthly premiums for insurance policies which cover the taxpayer and which were enrolled in through an exchange established by the state under section 1311 of the aca. it's no wonder that it took a year and
are punished far more harshly in a unrelenting fashion. some people who make the same mistake like barack obama went off to college. go on to law school and get to be president of the united. right. i think we have to be willing to look at the kind of mistakes people make, with an open e an open mind, and make choices about how we respond to the mistake in a way that honors their humanity, their dignity, and based in awareness, as a society we need to be safe. we need to honor people's basic human rights to be able to live in a community that is safe and secure. a child growing up in a crime riden violent community who has to worry about, you know, tbul lets fly -- bullets flying through the air. her human rights are being -- we have got to hold each of us individually accountable. and do so in a way that honor each other's basic and create save and thriving community. we can't simply resort to shame and blame and get caught up in a wave of punitiveness and ultimately denies the basic humanity of those we claim to care about. >> thanks. >> thanks. >> my name is james lewis. i would like to than
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